A professor in the United States has been accused of harassing women for sex and running his own crystal meth operation in the style of Breaking Bad.
Sergey Macheret, 65, was arrested on February 1 and used to teach at the Purdue School of Aeronautics and Astronautics in West Lafayette, Indiana, where things are literally rocket science.
Women who claim to have been approached by Macheret made a number of complaints to police in Lafayette, Louisiana, which led to his arrest.
After the women made their complaints, the authorities started looking into him and eventually identified him as a suspect after a police officer in plain clothes got some information from him.
Following a traffic stop in December, he was taken into custody before being released on bail after posting a $500 bond.
Expert in plasma science, Macheret is likely to be charged with dealing methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine, and making a false statement.
The comparison to AMC’s Breaking Bad is based on those first two anticipated charges.
After learning that he has cancer, chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) teams up with delinquent student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) to create crystal meth in the show. Their goal is to use the money he makes from his illegal activities to support his family and pay off his debts.
The program aired from 2008 to 2013.
Since 2014, Macheret has been a teacher at Purdue University, where he has been on leave and banned from the campus.
They issued the following statement: The university will give the investigation its full cooperation.
“The employee is prohibited from entering campus and has been placed on leave pending further updates and legal proceedings.
“The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics is working to meet the lecture and lab needs of undergraduate and graduate students.”
Bill Crossley, the dean of the Purdue School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, has also pleaded with any students to come forward if they have any information that could assist the police in their investigations.
He told local television: Please contact me directly if any AAE students, staff, or faculty have questions or concerns about the matter’s impact on their academic endeavors.
One of the most prestigious universities in the United States, Purdue is home to Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.
Macheret received a master’s degree in physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. In 2008, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics honored him with the award for Best Paper in Plasmadynamics and Lasers.
Since 2014, he has been teaching at Purdue, but he has also taught at a number of other prestigious schools.